Biotech Updates

Australian OGTR Issues License for GM Wheat Field Trials

July 18, 2018

Australia's Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) has issued a license to the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) authorizing the field trials of wheat genetically modified (GM) for rust disease resistance. The field trials for License Application DIR 162 will be carried out between September 2018 to September 2023 with the proposed locations at Ginninderra Experiment Station in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and Boorowa Agricultural Research Station, Shire of Boorowa in New South Wales for up to 1 hectare per year.

The final Risk Assessment and Risk Management Plan (RARMP) concludes that this field trial poses negligible risks to people and the environment and does not require specific risk treatment measures. The finalized RARMP, together with its summary, a set of Questions and Answers on this decision and a copy of the license are available online from the DIR 162 page in the OGTR website.